This course exposes students to the theoretical and policy considerations that surround the United States tax system. Students will examine the social and political pressures that shape our current Federal Tax regime. Topics to be covered may include: the uncertain future of the Estate Tax or “Death Tax” and the role it plays in American society; the role of deductions and exclusions in achieving nonrevenue objectives; charitable giving and non-profit entities; progressive versus flat tax rates; the existence of tax abuse and how to control it; and the concept of income. A background in accounting or tax law is not required.
This course surveys civil liability and breach of duties imposed by law, including intentional wrongs to persons and property; negligence and vicarious, strict, and products liability: defamation, and other civil wrongs. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Torts I (LAW 111) and Torts II (LAW 112).**
An examination of common law and statutory limitations on unfair and deceptive competition outside the scope of antitrust laws. Topics include trademark law (including trademark dilution), misappropriation of trade values and trade secrets, regulation of false and deceptive advertising, unfair competition, and interference with contracts and trade relations.
This course teaches the basics of drafting trademark applications and supporting documents, and the prosecution of trademarks before the Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: Trademark Law (LAW 702).
Students prepare for internal and external mock trial competitions and work on activities related to the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB), including participation as witnesses, lawyers, or judges during practice rounds for external mock trial competitions; coaching incoming students auditioning for membership onto the TAHB; coordinating the Board’s participation in external competitions; or otherwise participating in the management or administration the Board’s activities. Enrollment is based on membership on the TAHB and subject to the approval of the TAHB and faculty advisor(s).